My piece Tableau No. VIII, for solo cello is a part of a series of solo pieces that I’ve been writing for the past several months. Each work is for a different solo instrument and explores the expressive possibilities. Some composers of the latter half of the 20th century have explored this idea, notably Luciano Berio (14 Sequenzas), Vincent Persichetti (25 Parables), and Elliott Carter (6 Figments and 5 Retrachings). Coincidentally, these are some of my favorite composers. This Tableau was written for my friend Roric Cunningham.